My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe is apparently the happening place in Logan, Utah.
And here is Kim and Kris' latest promotional!
(LOVED seeing the grandkids, too :)
They say it's their first and last musical video. :) :) Ha!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Please read this disclaimer first: Below is an excerpt from my Mom's journal 36 years ago on her birthday. She mentions something that my Dad did and I promise you it is the worst thing he has ever done in his life. I'm very serious. I've known him all of my life and this is as bad as it gets with him. My mother would whole heartedly agree. She spoke very highly of him. Okay, as long as you know this, you can read on.
And while my Dad goes by the name of Richard now, back then he was Dick.
December 8, 1977:
Mom's birthday, and she wrote in her journal:
"…Dick gave me $50. --my favorite present-- It is nice having a little "mad money" of my own. He also said 2 things I had hoped he would overlook in honor of the occasion but nobody's perfect. When we got up he said, "Whose turn was it to do the dishes?" (It was Chris' but he had gone to a basketball game.)
And, when Dick came in about 4:30 , I was talking to Robin on the phone from Provo and he said, "Couldn't you have waited til after 5pm?? (note: this was back in the day when it was cheaper to make calls after 5pm)
I only mention this so someday when I have real trials, I can look back and see how foolish I was to get upset over something so unimportant. He is right of course but did he have to bring it up on my birthday!!!
Life is good. We are all well, warm and comfortable. We love our home and one another---most of the time. I am so thankful for the Gospel that teaches us to value and appreciate the really important things in life.
I wonder if on the Savior's birthday I can help from saying or doing anything that will disappoint Him? I will try! "
Since she kept her journals of her posterity, I think this is her message to us, her children, and whoever else wants to take on this challenge. The Christmas season has just begun.
Friday, November 29, 2013
It took five pregnancies to bring this baby to earth…..
and here she is….
And many Aunts on the Nef side too!
Aunts Melanie, Ellen, Tammy, and Jamie. And Great Grandma Finlayson
And not to forget Sarah's Grandmas…
Grandma Susan and Grandma Robin….not sure what Sarah will call them exactly,
but that's good enough for now. Sarah is Robin's (my sister) first, and Susan's eighth!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The anniversary comes around every year. I usually call my sons or they call me. But this year, no, I haven't even mentioned it to them. I was even with Brock and Logan today for lunch, along with their families, and it wasn't even brought up. Why is that? Have we healed? I know they haven't forgotten.
But still, it's in the air. Especially this year because their Dad was killed Nov. 23rd, 5 days before Thanksgiving in 1996. Yesterday was a Saturday, and it was also Nov 23. It all came back in flashbacks all day long. Not in a bad way anymore. Rather, it was what it was, and in a moving on sort of way.
17 years. A lot has happened to us in all that time. Many, many blessings. If I could have only seen our futures during those very dark days of our lives….
I've been watching Time out for Women this weekend in Utah via my computer. I got to hear Sheri Dew talking about Emilie Parker…..one of the little kindergarteners killed in that horrible Sandy Hook shooting last December. Sheri Dew's quote sums up what I have come to know also:
"Even in the face of unspeakable tragedy, Gods love HEALS. Heals hearts, Heals pain, heals worry. God's love is stronger than anything else."
I know this, without a doubt.
And I so wish I could show little Emilie Parker's video today, the one that was made for Time Out For Women this past weekend, but I guess it has not been released yet. It basically shows what has happened to her family the past year since her death. I will keep looking for it…
This is Emilie's Mom's response when asked why God let this happen to her little girl:
"God allows each of us to make our own choices, good and bad. Because that is the only way that good can be in us, if we freely choose it over all else."
Friday, November 22, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Den and I were at JC Penneys last night and he was carrying my purse for me, as he often does. I said I just needed to try on the 2 blouses I had draped over my arm and I'd be right back. I started to walk away, then turned back and said, "Don't go very far because you have my purse and my phone, I have nothing." He assured me he would be right close by.
So I quickly try on the first blouse. I hurried out of the dressing room to get Den's opinion on how it fit. He said in his very careful way, "Isn't it a little uncomfortable?" He just can't say it's too small for me but I know that's what he meant.
Back in the dressing room I looked at myself in the mirror and to me it looked like it fit just right. So I go back out to find Den, still wearing the same blouse he just saw me in, and said, "How about this one? Does this one fit better?" He looks me over and says, "Yes, that one's better." He nods his head in approval. Aren't men the funniest creatures?
But that's all beside the point. My favorite part is coming soon. In the dressing room I got mostly dressed (minus my extra sweater and scarf) came quickly back out to Dennis, handed him blouse #1 and said, "Would you please pay for this while I finish getting dressed?" He gets a happy look on his face (like he's thinking….good we're almost out of here!) and says he will take care of it.
I go back into the dressing room, put the rest of my outer clothing on, then go out to find Dennis at the check out counter. As I am coming up behind him…here he is, this tall man of mine standing at the counter with my purse beside him paying for my blouse. I mean, it's one thing to hold my purse when I'm walking beside him, but it's another to see it on the counter, with his hand draped over it clutched next to his body, just as if he owned it!
It made me laugh. I wish I had a picture.
But I felt embarrassed for him and quickly told the check out lady, "I'll have you know this is my purse and not his!" Dennis didn't even flinch. That's my man. He cares much more about what I think of him, than anyone else.
But you want to see something really sweet? It's a true little story of marriage, originally on NPR, that I saw several days ago but I'm still thinking about it. It was recorded the week before the husband died.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
let me just say that Austin LOVES LOVES LOVES his mission in New York.
His words are so passionate in his emails each week that they practically fly off the computer. Seriously.
He loves teaching and serving and he is doing LOTS of that.
He is very happy, but at the same time he is struggling with a challenge that we hope to get resolved soon.
He is having some medical tests done, including an overnight sleep study in a few weeks.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
With all the sawing of wood here, there is dust flying everywhere.
I can handle pollen just fine, but I don't do well with dust. So last night I told Den,
"I need to get out of here for a bit." so we decided to go to Red Robin for dinner.
But look what we saw as soon as we opened their doors:
The lights were blaring in our eyes….but we were told, "Don't worry, after the remodel our lights will go back to normal."
Even with my sunglasses on that place gave me a temporary headache.
But we're having a great week. As I am going through the kitchen drawers and cupboards,
I'm finding little surprises.
Like this list I made how many years ago of things my Mom use to say:
Don't rush off.
You don't eat enough to keep a bird alive.
If you can't beat em, join em.
This, that, and the other thing.
All good things must come to an end.
A little bit of information can be a dangerous thing.
There are many ways to skin a cat.
That piddlin' amount?
Like it or lump it
It worked like a charm!
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
It takes two to tango.
The proof is in the pudding.
Hold your horses!
I'm not doing this for my health!
Into every life some rain must fall.
When the cat's away the mice will play.
Dennis said he was raised with these sayings, too!
It must be the era our Moms came from. I rarely hear them anymore.
I'm trying to think….do we even have little sayings from this generation now?? I can't think of one.